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December 28, 2014 Weekly Weather and Mineral Guess

December 29, 2014

Sorry Folks for the Delay, power was out all-day.  R

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:


Red Minerals are the Guest this Week? 
 

There are approximately 457 red minerals.  No, I will not show each one.

Red Minerals sorted by color.  {Mind boggling the number of different minerals.}
http://www.webmineral.com/determin/red_minerals.shtml#.VJzMYP8MA

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For the previous week, 4.1 inches of rain fell on BP2 The weekly high was 59 and the weekly low was 35.
  Humidity ranged from 100% down to 53%.
Maximum Wind Gust was 17 mph.


Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week


–  69 is the forecast high and 30 is the forecast low.
–  1″ of rain fell this morning.
–  2″ of rain is forecast for the week.
–  Rain is forecast for next weekend.

Space Weather.  http://spaceweather.com/
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Weather Guesses


Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/bmx/aware/swaw_2011/web_version2.pdf

NWS, Huntsville, AL
:            http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hun/
NWS, Birmingham, AL:        http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/
NWS, Mobile, AL:                   http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/



Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340
http://www.alabamawx.com/?page_id=3

Showers_Icon Sunday December 28
Scattered showers. 
Afternoon High 62
Wind: S/SW 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 10%   Hours of rain: 2
Rain potential: 0.75″   Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Monday December 29
Showers move out early, partly sunny afternoon.
Morning Low 47  Afternoon High 58
Wind: NW 7-14 mph   Sun percentage: 45%   Hours of rain: 1/4
Rain potential: 0.10″   Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Tuesday December 30
Partly cloudy and cooler.
Morning Low 38   Afternoon High 52
Wind: N 6-12 mph   Sun percentage: 75%   Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″   Severe weather threat: None
Partly_Cloudy_Icon Wednesday December 31
Mainly sunny and chilly.
Morning Low 32    Afternoon High 49
Wind: N 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 65% Hours of rain: 0
Rain potential: 0.00″ Severe weather threat: None
Sun_Rain_Showers_Icon Thursday January 1
Becoming cloudy with a chance of showers late in the day.
Morning Low 30   Afternoon High 47
Wind: N 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 40% Hours of rain: 1/2
Rain potential: 0.10″ Severe weather threat: None
Showers_Icon Friday January 2
Mostly cloudy with a scattered showers.
Morning Low 36   Afternoon High 55
Wind: SE 5-10 mph Sun percentage: 20% Hours of rain: 2
Rain potential: 0.55″ Severe weather threat: None
Showers_Icon Saturday January 3
Cloudy with scattered showers.
Morning Low 50   Afternoon High 60
Wind: SE 6-12 mph Sun percentage: 10% Hours of rain: 2
Rain potential: 0.50″ Severe weather threat: None
 Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham (Just wander around the state to pick you closest weather station).
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=33.24038696&lon=-86.82407379&zoom=10&pin=

Monthly Forecast by AccuWeather

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/birmingham-al/35203/january-weather/346630?monyr=1/1/2015

Alabama Climate Data
http://nsstc.uah.edu/alclimate/climate/daily_climate.php

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Minerals and Rocks = “The Good Life from the Ground”
“If it ain’t grown, its got to be mined”



Red Minerals are our guests for this week.



by the RockHound Connection
https://www.facebook.com/groups/169785333057/?fref=nf



Red Mineral Images:
https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVj3Qy5xUEEQAd.UPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-befrugal-002&va=Red+Minerals&hspart=befrugal&hsimp=yhs-002


Red Gemstones:  { I hope that you are not color blind.  More mind boggling pictures. }
https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVvMkzZxUbWIATs0PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-befrugal-002&va=Red+gemstones&hspart=befrugal&hsimp=yhs-002


Geology in the News.     The Brewery Rock ?

http://geology.com/rocks/diatomite.shtml




Red Rock Figures

Mineral descriptions are from Wikipedia.

Figure 1.  Carnelian, Polished-Pair.  unknown.
Carnelian is a brownish-red chalcedony which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone.

Figure 2.  Cinnabar Crystal, 6mm on white dolomite rhombs.  Wanshan Mine, Guizo Prov. China.    Dakota Matrix Minerals.
Cinnabar (red mercury(II) sulfide (HgS), native vermilion), is the common ore of mercury.

Figure 3.   Cuprite Crystals.  Milipillas Mine.  Brendan Patrick OConnor.
Cuprite is an oxide mineral composed of copper(I) oxide Cu2O, and is a minor ore of copper

Figure 4.  Diamond-Red.  Smithsonia MNH by Chip Clarke.

Figure 5.  Realgar Crystal on Matrix.  by Rob Lavinsky.
Realgar, α-As4S4, is an arsenic sulfide mineral, also known as “ruby sulphur” or “ruby of arsenic”.

Figure 6.  Rhodocrosite Crystals, 4cm.  unknown.
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with chemical composition MnCO3.

Figure 7.  Tourmaline -Red, 7.2kg.  Nigeria.  unknown.
Tourmaline (TUR-mə-leen) is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium.

Figure 8.  Vanadinite Crystal.  unknown.
Vanadinite is a mineral belonging to the apatite group of phosphates, with the chemical formula Pb5(VO4)3Cl. It is one of the main industrial ores of the metal vanadium and a minor source of lead

Figure 9
.   Ruby – Carmen Lucia, 23.10c, 4.6M.  Mogog Reg, Burma. National Gem Collection, from Dr. Peter Buck, by Chip Clarke.
A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium.

Figure 10
. Zircon Crystal on Calcite. Northern Areas, Pakistan. cr. by Joseph Freilich.
Zircon (/ˈzɜrkɒn/[5][6] or /ˈzɜrkən/;[7] including hyacinth or yellow zircon) is a mineral belonging to the group of nesosilicates. Its chemical name is zirconium silicate and its corresponding chemical formula is ZrSiO4.


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Author’s Request:  If you see any pictures that you know the source and photographer, let me know immediately.  Thanks!  R
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Happy New Year

Randy/Randall

1.  Carnelian, Polished-Pair.  unknown

1. Carnelian, Polished-Pair. unknown

2.  Cinnabar Crystal, 6mm on white dolomite rhombs.  Wanshan Mine, Guizo Prov. China .    Dakota Matrix Minerals.

2. Cinnabar Crystal, 6mm on white dolomite rhombs. Wanshan Mine, Guizo Prov. China . Dakota Matrix Minerals.

3.  Cuprite Crystals.  Milipillas Mine.  Brendan Patrick OConnor

3. Cuprite Crystals. Milipillas Mine. Brendan Patrick OConnor

4.  Diamond-Red.  Smithsonia MNH by Chip Clarke

4. Diamond-Red. Smithsonia MNH by Chip Clarke

5.  Realgar Crystal on Matrix.  by Rob Lavinsky

5. Realgar Crystal on Matrix. by Rob Lavinsky

6.  Rhodocrosite Crystals, 4cm.  unknown

6. Rhodocrosite Crystals, 4cm. unknown

7.  Tourmaline -Red, 7.2kg.  Nigeria.  unknown

7. Tourmaline -Red, 7.2kg. Nigeria. unknown

8.  Vanadinite Crystal.  unknown

8. Vanadinite Crystal. unknown

9A.  Ruby - Carmen Lucia, 23.10c, 4.6M.  Mogog Reg, Burma. National Gem Collection, from Dr. Peter Buck, by Chip Clarke

9A. Ruby – Carmen Lucia, 23.10c, 4.6M. Mogog Reg, Burma. National Gem Collection, from Dr. Peter Buck, by Chip Clarke

9B.  Same as 9A.

9B. Same as 9A.

10.  Zircon Crystal on Calcite. Northern Areas, Pakistan. cr. by Joseph Freilich

10. Zircon Crystal on Calcite. Northern Areas, Pakistan. cr. by Joseph Freilich

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